Monthly Archives: December 2005

The Last Thing I’ll Post About Bush This Week (Maybe)

Not so much a commentary as wryly noted: Look! Bush is up in the polls! He rocks! Look! Bush’s ratings are unchanged since he went on his charm offensive! He still sucks! How nice it is in this holiday season that everyone can find a major poll to fit their mood. Yeah, I’ll definitely be […]

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More On That Whole Impeachment Thing

Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, some meaty thoughts on whether the president’s wiretap program actually broke the law. The author’s current, “extra-cautious” conclusion: “it seems that the program was probably constitutional but probably violated the federal law known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.” While I bask in my own I-am-not-a-lawyer-ness, I have to confess […]

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Outside Sources and Etc.

The Philadelphia City Paper picked up my “Defending Dubya” piece from the other week and printed in their fine alternative weekly, so if you’re in Philadelphia, please do pick it up; if you’re not in Philadelphia (or are in Philly, but just lazy) here’s the online link. Also as a head’s up for Philadelphia area […]

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Small Happy Dance

The hardcover of Old Man’s War is #12 on the Amazon SF bestseller list at the moment and #777 in all their books, which is not a bad place for a debut science fiction novel to be more than a year after it first showed up in bookstores. The Ghost Brigades is doing pretty not […]

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The Impeach Bush Bandwagon

It’s begun, over here. Apparently, authorizing the NSA to spy on US citizens on US soil may not be entirely legal. For the record: I think we need another impeachment process almost exactly as much as I need to strap a salmon to my scalp and headbutt a grizzly. And oddly enough, I’m feeling a […]

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Son & Foe

Those of you who are itchin’ for new reading material of a mordant and/or quirky sort would be well-advised to check out Son and Foe, a new online magazine with an interesting distribution model: It posts material from its editions on its Web site, but not all at once — and it also offers a […]

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Son & Foe

Those of you who are itchin’ for new reading material of a mordant and/or quirky sort would be well-advised to check out Son and Foe, a new online magazine with an interesting distribution model: It posts material from its editions on its Web site, but not all at once — and it also offers a […]

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Outreach in Action: Gateway Science Fiction

Having bloviated yesterday that current science fiction offers few “open doors” for non-Science Fiction readers to check out the genre, I want to offer interested parties an opportunity to prove me wrong, or at the very least, prove that I’ve wildly overstated the issue. So, consider this your opportunity to suggest Gateway Science Fiction — […]

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“Alien Animal Encounters” at Escape Pod

Image: Douglas Triggs Can’t wait until the Synthetic Confusion convention for someone to read my work out loud? Well, then, you shouldn’t have to. The fine folks of Escape Pod have enacted my short story “Alien Animal Encounters” in verbal form and placed it into a convenient podcast package here. Download it and carry with […]

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Science Fiction Outreach

A question from the audience: Greg Benford and Darrell Schweitzer have written an article on fantasy overshadowing science fiction and what that means to society. Rather than bias you with my opinion, I would like to hear yours since you’re a rising SF writer of demonstrated intelligence. Hopefully, you’ll blog about it. The article is […]

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Find the Old Man’s War Trade Paperback in the Wild: A Contest

At the doorstep today: The trade paperback edition of Old Man’s War, which looks excellent and smells like lilacs. All right, it doesn’t smell like lilacs, but it looks great and generally I’m extremely happy with it, although if you get it (or get it for someone else), I’d like to add a small caveat: […]

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Mail Note

My host provider is having mail issues at the moment (the moment being about 12:30 Wednesday, 12/14/05), so if you’ve sent me mail in the last hour or so, I haven’t received it yet, nor will I be able to until they get it fixed. I’ll let y’all know when that happens. So, no, I’m […]

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I Heart Instapundit, Part [Insert Large Number Here]

I suspect Glenn Reynolds should get a cut of my profits. At the very least, I’m going to buy him and the InstaWife a nice dinner when I see them. I suspect I owe a nice dinner to Steve Green, Stephen Bainbridge, Cory Doctorow and Eugene Volokh and their respective spouses/significant others as well. Maybe […]

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The Little Things

For everyone who remembers or cares, yes, I did finally get Firefox 1.5 to work swimmingly on both my computers; it involved uninstalling Adblock and installing the most updated version. 1.5 doesn’t want to work with my WYSIWYG interface for Moveable Type, but I can live without that for a while. What I did miss […]

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15 Things About Me and Writing

A variation of the meme in the entry immediately before this one. Naturally, if you’re a writer, feel free to do your own version of this. 1. The first time anyone told me specifically that I could write and should keep working at it was when I was in the sixth grade; it was my […]

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15 Things About Me and Books

One of the few blog memes I’m actually interested in participating in. I’m snagging this from Mrissa. 1. I don’t remember not being able to read. Or more accurately, one of the very first memories I am sure about was reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. I was about two at the […]

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The War on Christmas Has Its Subversive Element

I see nothing in this year’s idiotic “War on Christmas” campaign that causes me to revise what I said on the subject last year. That said, but I will say that the news story about a bunch of “megachurches” being closed on Christmas day adds a certain zesty tang to the whole proceeding, doesn’t it? […]

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Two Small Notes of a Literary Nature

And here they are: 1. Rick Kleffel interviews me over at The Agony Column about The Ghost Brigades, with side trips to other books and works. 2. We’ve decided on a tentative title for the collection of Whatever entries: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: Selected Writings, 1998 – 2005. A tip of the hat […]

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